Tag Archives: History

The Tax Man Cometh

For several years  the brewing industry has been seeking a rollback of the beer taxes of 1991. Until now I was dubious that they would be successful during the Trump administration. The heinous tax bill that the Senate passed last … Continue reading

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This Joint’s for You

Various people from the brewing industry are exploring ways to capitalize on the growing recreational marijuana market. According to the Chicago Tribune, Chris Burrggraeve, a former Anheuser Bush InBev NV executive, has invested in a San Francisco startup, Green Rush … Continue reading

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Amherst Weed

I am an Amherst Town Meeting member. This past Monday we started deliberating at the Special Fall Town Meeting. There are seventeen articles on the warrant including five that deal with marijuana. In 2016 Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana. A … Continue reading

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Shipping Wine

There was an interesting article in Wednesday’s New York Times about a crackdown on interstate shipping of wine. Since Prohibition the three-tier system has existed in the liquor industry. The tiers are wholesalers, retailers, and producers. Because of this system … Continue reading

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Completion

Yesterday I completed the chapter of my book on faculty wives that I have been working on for quite a while. I started the research last year and started writing it in July. Just like it is hard for a … Continue reading

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Ballantine Ale

Prior to German immigration to the United States following the Revolution of 1848, American brewers brewed ale in the English style. Once the German brewers started brewing lager beer, that style took off in popularity and eclipsed most of the … Continue reading

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Always Taxes

At the latest Alcohol Task Force sub-committee excise taxes came up again as an issue. The lone public health person strongly encouraged the committee to think about raising the state excise tax on liquor which hasn’t been increased since the … Continue reading

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Beer Festivals and Economic Development

This Saturday, in Hartford there will be the Small State Great Beer festival. This is the second for the event and they expected more than thirty-five brewers to participate. The beer festival was the idea of three young people with … Continue reading

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The Art of the Deal

I consider myself a fairly astute political observer but I will confess I am extremely puzzled and concerned by the deal Trump and Democrats struck over raising the debt ceiling. Failure to raise the debt ceiling would result in the … Continue reading

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Back to School Report

September always feels like the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. I am not in school anymore, but September still feels like the start of something new. Given that, here is an update on my social … Continue reading

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